This Man Lost 208 Kilograms And Is About To Marry His Dream Woman
Ronnie Brower is set to marry his bride-to-be this weekend
Ronnie Brower was once a big man- a very, very big man. “I was depressed, addicted to pills and alcohol,” he said to The Daily Mail. “Eating 10 double cheeseburgers or two large pizzas at a time.” In fact, the Syracuse, New York resident peaked at a weight of 306 kilograms, and he was not surprisingly told by a doctor that he’d die in less than two years if he didn’t make some serious changes.
A friend urged him to reach out to the owner of a local health club, at which point he latched on with a personal trainer and started hitting the gym with some serious consistency. While you’re well-aware that many people go there for about a week or two before tossing in the towel, Brower grinded for four years and, over that time, ended up knocking off 208 kilograms from his previously-overloaded frame.
He did so by dropping drugs and alcohol, going on a low-carb diet, and working out for three hours daily. When you’re over 300 kilograms you have to start with baby steps, and Brower did the grown man equivalent by beginning with an exercise where he’d raise his arms and sit in a chair at the same time. In his first 100 days, he lost 45 kilograms.
Brower documented that massive weight loss on Facebook, and after almost two years caught the eye of a woman, Andrea Massella, who he’s now set to marry on Saturday.
Like Brower, Andrea was also putting in the overtime to shed major weight—55 kilograms, in fact—and she forged a bond with him (duh, they’re about to get married) over their shared experience. “I was just really inspired by him and I thought he was super cute,” she admits. “We started talking at the gym and I hate to sound cliché, but it was love at first sight.”
Andrea says that they plan to support one another’s healthy lifestyle through marriage, which makes perfect sense given the way they met. They also intend to reach out in an effort to inspire others. As Brower explains: “People come to me all the time, asking for weight-loss advice, I just tell them there’s hope out there. If you want it bad enough and put your mind to it, anybody can do it.”
It’s definitely a Hollywood story, or at least it could be if Jonah Hill’s got a gap in his schedule.
Originally published on menshealth.com